Architecture beyond building: Asymptote at the Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale kicks off next week and I caught up with Hani Rashid, co-founder of experimental architectural collective Asymptote, right before he left New York for Europe. Asymptote has put together a piece to be shown in the International Architecture Exhibition. It’s hard to get a good sense of the exhibit from the photos (above), but Hani, whose firm is responsible for the design of structures such as the World Business Center in Busan, South Korea and a flagship store in Manhattan for Alessi, explained that the three large fiberglass pieces propose an antidote to the “urban cacophony we’ve formed in the modern world.” Their investigation is no less than how to be at home (and at peace) in the 21st century, and how we should think about technology and harness it to our advantage. Certainly, he argues, a retreat from digital innovation isn’t an option.

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